Time Warner Cable’s carriage agreement for WKTV expires on December 15, 2010. After the agreement expires, it will be illegal for Time Warner Cable to continue carrying WKTV on its systems in and around Utica. To keep Time Warner Cable from dropping WKTV, we offered Time Warner Cable a fair deal to extend the agreement. . . . .
Why has Time Warner Cable refused to pay fair value for WKTV?
We have no idea. Time Warner Cable pays fees for channels like ESPN, TNT, and Fox News. WKTV is – by far – the highest rated and most popular channel on Time Warner Cable’s system. It is only fair that Time Warner Cable pay a fee that recognizes the value of our programming.WKTV wants to charge Time Warner Cable for the privilege of carrying its signal . . .
Of course, any charge by WKTV to Time Warner will eventually be reflected in your monthly Time Warner Bill which is already far too high owing to other Hostage Like situations created by YES and certain other cable networks.
WKTV intends to collect Money from You via Time Warner . . . for airtime that is already being paid for by advertisers to be free.
WKTV cannot compare itself to Fox or other cable networks. They do not have over-the-air facilities and are used as enticements by Time Warner to get customers. People are willing to pay for this variety.
The added value of getting WKTV over cable -- a more reliable signal and no antenna to deal with -- is being provided by Time Warner, Not WKTV. If anything, WKTV should pay Time Warner for the additional reach that it provides.
People are losing their jobs and are cutting expenses. Now is no time to shove additional costs down their throats, WKTV.